Cedar Rapids Community School District is pleased to announce the achievement of Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™ for four schools. Along with Taft Middle School, the following Elementary schools have achieved certification, Nixon, Harrison, and Pierce. These four schools join nine other schools that are also certified. Harding Middle School, along with these elementary schools, Hiawatha, Madison, Van Buren, Garfield, Coolidge, Truman, Kenwood, and Jackson.
Level 1 certification means these schools have created a “Safe and Collaborative Culture,” which is the foundation for every level that follows in the High Reliability Schools framework. Day-to-day school operations are addressed and evaluated in Level 1. These operations are identified by eight leading indicators that encompass being a safe and orderly school, engaging in shared decision making, creating opportunities for parents, students, and staff to give input, making a commitment to collaborative teaming, recognizing and celebrating students and staff, and using resources to maximize teaching and learning.
By achieving certification at this level, these schools have shown evidence of practices and systems put in place that ensure a safe, supportive, collaborative culture fostering positive outcomes for students and teachers. Without such a culture, student achievement will be compromised. Each school will monitor its systems at Level 1, making changes when necessary, focusing on continuous improvement.
The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.
This framework, based on 50 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a Highly Reliable School—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond.
“As you move through the levels, it represents a complete transformation in how schools are run,” says CEO Robert J. Marzano.
Schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school leadership team made up of building principals, teachers, counselors, and other staff.
Using the High Reliability Schools framework and indicators, schools can drive sustained, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.